Santee Drive-In

10990 N. Woodside Avenue,
Santee, CA 92071

700 cars

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The Santee Drive-In opened in 1958 as a single screen drive-in. Around 1964 a second screen was added. This drive-in has a capacity for 700 cars. On May 6, 2023 in was announced that it had been purchased by a Los Angeles based developer who planned to build a large industrial building on the site. The Santee Drive-In closed on December 31, 2023. A weekend swap-meet will continue to operate on the site until June 2024.

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Edward Havens
Edward Havens on March 16, 2008 at 12:50 am

Someone might want to change the address to 10990 Woodside Avenue North, as 10990 Woodside Avenue puts you on the wrong side of the freeway in Google Maps.

monika on March 24, 2008 at 2:16 pm

A few years ago I scored many wonderful old movies (An Affair to Remember, The Third Man, etc) on VHS at the swap meet this drive in hosts. Very exciting.

jwmovies on November 20, 2012 at 11:43 am

ADDRESS CORRECTION: 10990 North Woodside Avenue, Santee, CA 92071. Without north, this will not map properly.

MichaelKilgore on May 6, 2023 at 10:19 am

The East County Magazine reported today that the Santee Drive-In is in escrow to a developer from Los Angeles. That developer has filed an application with the city to build a large industrial building on the site.

Michael Coyne, Santee’s principal planner, said the drive-in’s owners are laying low. “They don’t want to answer questions about the closing of the drive-in theater.” He also said that because of documentation and necessary reports, the project wouldn’t go to the city council for approval for at least six months.

dsedman on December 8, 2023 at 7:47 pm

Final day of operation announced as December 31, 2023.

davidcoppock on December 9, 2023 at 4:05 am

Couldn’t that developer find someplace else in Santee to build the large industrial building?

relayerone on January 11, 2024 at 7:53 am

The Drive-In is now, sadly, permanently closed, the on-site weekend swap-meet will continue until June 2024.

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